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Sci Fi TV Not Not on DVD: Thundarr the Barbarian, Pirates of Dark Water
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© Joe Crowe
September 24, 2010

Pirates of Dark Water and Thundarr the Barbarian are nerdily beloved cartoons. Now they are coming to DVD.

They've been on bootlegs at sci-fi conventions and on the Internets for years. I do not recall ever seeing or owning them, though. Not at all.

Both series are made by the Warner Archive site. It sells DVDs on demand. You order it, they smelt one out for you. Both sets are bare bones, no fancy extras.

Maybe this means they are coming around to nerds' way of thinking. And by that I mean, we want old TV series to be on DVD, because we will buy them. So quit whining, DVD makers. Just gimme my DVDs.

Pirates of Dark Water

This one is buyable now. The 1991 cartoon had an "unlikely but loyal crew of misfits." Naturally, they fought evil guys. One of the good guys was Niddler, an irritating monkey thing of the Snarf and Gleek genus.

Here's the intro.

"It's a living."

Thundarr the Barbarian

Thundarr the Barbarian comes out next week as I'm writing this, Sept. 28. You should order it now, just to give yourself more time to prepare for its arrival.

The show was on two seasons, from 1980 to 1982. The intro had everything I loved: A loinclothed barbarian, a Wookiee-like sidekick, and the Moon blowing up in 1994.

A nerdy music band named itself after Ookla the Mok. Here's my favorite song of theirs, "Stop Talking About Comic Books Or I'll Kill You." They're not on the DVD. But they should be.

Here's the intro. I'll be right back. I'm going to watch it 7 or 8 times.

So did you buy either of these yet?

What about now?

Come on, people. Do it for Ookla the Mok. (And Niddler, too, I guess.)

"We are so awesome."

"Dude. I know it."

RevolutionSF's Joe Crowe has spent many years in furry boots waving a sword around.

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